2012-12-21 / Top Stories

City Sets Tips For Good Mental Health

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, there are many people who are experiencing bouts of anger and depression. City officials has issued tip on how to maintain mental balance during times of stress. What You Should Know

Most people who live through disasters will feel some level of distress. Anxiety, sadness, sleeplessness, shock and other emotional and physical reactions are common after traumatic events.

But New Yorkers are resilient. Learning about stress and strategies to manage it can help you cope successfully.

Stress reactions can appear immediately or may not appear for weeks or even months. Memories of previous traumatic experiences may also resurface.

Those directly affected are more likely to have stronger reactions.

Most reactions to stress are temporary, and most people will recover with time and support.

What You Should Do

Don’t hesitate to ask for help any time you feel overwhelmed.

Friends or family members may not feel the stress the same way you do – it’s how you feel that matters in deciding to ask for help.

 Take Care of Yourself
o Seek out support from others:
family, friends, community
o Get enough sleep.
o Eat regular, healthy meals and
stay physically active.
o Avoid drinking alcohol excessively
or using drugs or tobacco to help
you cope.
o Make time to reflect, meditate or
pray.
o Even if you are very busy putting
things back together, find time for
activities you enjoy.
 Take Care of Your Children
o Provide a sense of safety and trust.
o Assure children they are safe and
taken care of.

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